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Why Do My Contact Lenses Feel So Scratchy?

People always rave about how comfy their contact lenses feel, as if there’s nothing there! So why are yours always aggravating your eyeballs? There’s a number of reasons why this could be happening. Our eye doctor in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach discusses 7 of the most common causes:

1. Something is Stuck

To point out the simplest reason for scratchy contact lenses – something may be stuck on or under your lens. Flecks of mascara are a typical culprit.

2. Dry Eye Syndrome

When your eyes can’t keep themselves moist enough, a variety of symptoms can make a painful appearance. Scratchiness is a typical sign of dry eyes, and contact lenses will only worsen your discomfort. Visit our eye care center in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach for diagnosis and soothing treatment.

3. Allergies

Any allergen, be it pollen or dust, can trigger your eyes to release histamines that cause scratchiness. Contact lenses exacerbate the problem because they trap the offensive irritant close to your eyeball.

4. Poor Fitting Contact Lenses

If your contact lenses aren’t sized correctly for your eyes, you’ll feel it.

5. Blepharitis

Blepharitis is basically a bacterial eyelid infection that’s pretty common. Symptoms include scratchy eyes and eyelids, swollen lids, stinging and crust along your lash line.

6. Corneal Scratch

A corneal scratch (abrasion) can fool people into thinking something is stuck in their eye. Generally, it causes scratchiness, redness, tearing, pain and light sensitivity. Placing contact lenses atop a corneal abrasion can ramp the irritation up a few notches. While most corneal scratches heal on their own, it’s best to be safe and get an eye exam in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach.

7. Corneal Infection

When contact lenses aren’t worn according to schedule or taken care of properly, a dangerous corneal infection (keratitis) can result. Redness, scratchiness, pain and blurred vision are characteristic signs.

At Advanced Eyecare Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 310-620-1345 or book an appointment online to see one of our Manhattan Beach eye doctors.

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The Importance of Eye Exams for Contact Lenses

Are you planning on wearing contact lenses for the first time? Do you need a new contact lens prescription? Are your current contacts not as comfortable as you wish they were? Your eye doctor will perform a contact lens eye exam to ensure that your vision with contacts is clear, comfortable, and safe, providing you with the right lenses for you. 

What is a contact lens exam?

If you wear or want to wear contact lenses, you’ll need an eye exam for contact lenses, in addition to your regular comprehensive eye exam. Special tests are performed during a contact lens exam to evaluate your eyes and vision with contacts. 

Are eyeglass prescriptions the same as contact lens prescriptions?

No, a prescription for glasses cannot be used for contact lenses. An eyeglass prescription is for lenses that are positioned approximately 12 millimeters from your eyes, whereas a contact lens prescription is measured for lenses that sit directly on the surface of your eye.

The prescription for contact lenses also includes the brand, lens diameter and curvature, which are not part of an eyeglass prescription.

Contact lenses fitting: One size does not fit all

One contact lens size doesn’t fit all eyes. If a contact lens is too flat or too steep for your corneal shape, you may experience discomfort or even eye damage. Your eye doctor will take certain measurements to determine the best contact lens design and fit for your eyes. 

Corneal curvature

This measures the curvature of your eye’s clear front surface (cornea) so the eye doctor can select the optimal curve and diameter for your contact lenses. If your eye’s surface is somewhat irregular because of astigmatism or other conditions, you may require a special lens. 

Pupil and iris size

The size of your pupil and iris (the colored part of your eye) is also important in determining the best contact lens design.

Tear film evaluation

This test evaluates the quality of your tears, to determine whether they will be able to keep contact lenses and your cornea sufficiently hydrated throughout the day. If you have dry eye disease, standard contact lenses may not be right for you. 

Trial lenses

Following the eye exam, you will be provided with trial lenses to verify that the chosen contact lenses offer clear and comfortable vision. This will allow the eye doctor to make any fine adjustments to the prescription.

Contact Lens Eye Exam Near You

Wearing the correct contact lenses for your eyes allows you to enjoy all of the benefits of wearing contacts, while keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable. 

If you’re already a contact lens wearer, visit your eye doctor at least once a year to make sure the lenses are still providing you with optimum vision and comfort.

Contact Advanced Eyecare Center in Manhattan Beach to book your contact lens eye exam today!

Can You See Better with Contact Lenses or Eyeglasses?

The choice whether to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses doesn’t usually have a clear cut answer. Many considerations should be weighed into your decision, including your vision prescription and lifestyle requirements. For help with making the right choice, book a consultation with our eye doctor in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach. At Advanced Eyecare Center, we understand this is not a decision to be taken lightly, and we’ll help guide you towards the right option to meet your needs.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses have different characteristics and their own unique pros and cons. For example, some people find their vision to be clearer and crisper with contacts. Our optometrist explains this particular issue:

Contacts are worn closer to your eye

Even though contact lenses have the same lens and focusing power as glasses, they are worn much closer to your eyes. This means they bend light in a way that meets your prescription much more precisely. That’s why if you switch back and forth between contact lenses and eyeglasses, you’ll have slightly sharper visual acuity with your contacts.

Contacts aren’t exposed to the elements

Eyeglasses are constantly bombarded with airborne dirt and debris, smeared by fingerprints, and getting scratched when taken on and off. They also fog up with temperature changes and catch the glare of lights. All of these factors play a role in reducing visual clarity with eyeglasses versus contact lenses.

Contact lenses don’t limit your vision

Eyeglasses have frames, which can be restrictive – putting a border on your field of vision. In contrast, contact lenses offer a wider field of view. They move with your eye, so nothing blocks your line of sight. This is particularly beneficial when playing sports.

Want to see for yourself if contact lenses give superior visual clarity? Schedule an eye exam in our Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach optometry offices.

At Advanced Eyecare Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 310-620-1345 or book an appointment online to see one of our Manhattan Beach eye doctors.

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New To Contact Lenses? Here Are Our Top 5 Tips!

For an estimated 56 million North Americans, contact lenses are the preferred form of vision correction. So if you’ve just started wearing contact lenses — you’re in good company.

Advice About Contact Lenses from Manhattan Beach Eye Doctor: Dr. Hansen

Here are 5 tips to quickly help you adjust to wearing and caring for your new lenses so you can enjoy the many benefits they offer.

  1. Learn How to Tell if Your Contact Lens Is Inside Out

This is a common mistake many beginners make when inserting soft contacts. Place the lens on  your index fingertip and look carefully at its shape. The edge of the lens should be pointing upwards, like the rim of a teacup. If the edge is flared outward like a blooming flower, the lens is inside out.

Some contact lenses have tiny laser markings of numbers or letters. If the numbers/letters read correctly when you hold the lens on your fingertip, they are properly oriented and the lens is ready to be inserted.

  1. Never Use a Substitute for Contact Lens Solution

Your eye doctor will recommend the appropriate contact lens solution to suit your eyes and lenses. Some people have sensitivities and not all lens solutions are the same. 

Even if you run out of contact lens solution, don’t be tempted to rinse your lenses with water, and never use saliva to moisten or clean them.

Using substances other than the recommended contact lens solution to rinse or rewet your contacts can introduce harmful microbes to the eye and cause a serious infection. That’s why it’s best to remove your contacts before showering, swimming, or any other time they might get wet.

  1. If Your Contact Lenses Feel Uncomfortable, Take Them Out!

Some newcomers mistakenly think that if their contacts feel uncomfortable or gritty, they simply need to “get used to them.” Contact lenses are supposed to be comfortable, so if you are experiencing discomfort there may be something wrong.

With clean fingers, remove your contacts and rinse them, inside and out, with the solution or rewetting drops as recommended by your eye doctor. Dust or dirt could have gotten stuck between the lens and your eye, causing irritation. Flushing the lenses with contact lens solution will help remove the irritant.

If your eyes still feel irritated, don’t place the contact lenses back in your eyes. Instead, wait until they are no longer red or irritated, and try inserting them again. If the problem persists, contact your eye doctor.

  1. Wear Contact Lens-Friendly Makeup

Wearing makeup around the eyes can be a source of irritation and infection whether you wear contact lenses or not. Here’s what we recommend when it comes to eye makeup and contact lenses:

  • Choose hypoallergenic makeup.
  • If using a cream-based product around your eyes, choose a water-based formula instead of an oil-based one. 
  • Keep your eye closed during application to avoid makeup particles entering your eye. 
  • Don’t apply eyeliner or eyeshadow to the inner rims of your eyelids.
  • Replace eye makeup at least once every 3 months to minimize the growth and spread of bacteria.
  • Never share eye makeup with friends or family.
  • Remove your contact lenses before removing your makeup.
  1. Stick to the Hygiene Guidelines

We can’t emphasize this enough — always thoroughly wash and dry your hands before handling your contact lenses.

Try to avoid washing your hands with oily or heavily scented hand soaps, as they tend to cling to the surface of the lens and could irritate the eye. Additionally, if you touch moisturizers or lotions before handling your contact lenses you run the risk of some residual product adhering to the lens and clouding your vision.

After washing your hands, dry them using a lint-free towel. It’s harder to grasp contact lenses with wet hands, and — as mentioned above — lenses shouldn’t come into contact with tap water.

Bonus Tip: Get an Eye Exam

While all this advice can be very helpful, it doesn’t replace an in-person exam with your eye doctor.  Your eye doctor will advise you when to return for your next contact lens consultation. Following this schedule is the best way to ensure you can enjoy the freedom of contact lens wear.

If you are new to contact lenses (or not!) and have any questions or concerns about your eyes or vision, call 310-620-1345. Advanced Eyecare Center will be happy to schedule you for a contact lens exam and fitting.

With the help of Dr. Hansen, you’ll be an expert in contact lens wear and care in no time!

Can You See Better with Contact Lenses or Eyeglasses?

The choice whether to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses doesn’t usually have a clear cut answer. Many considerations should be weighed into your decision, including your vision prescription and lifestyle requirements. For help with making the right choice, book a consultation with our eye doctor in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach. At Advanced Eyecare Center, we understand this is not a decision to be taken lightly, and we’ll help guide you towards the right option to meet your needs.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses have different characteristics and their own unique pros and cons. For example, some people find their vision to be clearer and crisper with contacts. Our optometrist explains this particular issue:

Contacts are worn closer to your eye

Even though contact lenses have the same lens and focusing power as glasses, they are worn much closer to your eyes. This means they bend light in a way that meets your prescription much more precisely. That’s why if you switch back and forth between contact lenses and eyeglasses, you’ll have slightly sharper visual acuity with your contacts.

Contacts aren’t exposed to the elements

Eyeglasses are constantly bombarded with airborne dirt and debris, smeared by fingerprints, and getting scratched when taken on and off. They also fog up with temperature changes and catch the glare of lights. All of these factors play a role in reducing visual clarity with eyeglasses versus contact lenses.

Contact lenses don’t limit your vision

Eyeglasses have frames, which can be restrictive – putting a border on your field of vision. In contrast, contact lenses offer a wider field of view. They move with your eye, so nothing blocks your line of sight. This is particularly beneficial when playing sports.

Want to see for yourself if contact lenses give superior visual clarity? Schedule an eye exam in our Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach optometry offices.

At Advanced Eyecare Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 310-620-1345 or book an appointment online to see one of our Manhattan Beach eye doctors.

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What’s Better – Contact Lenses or Eyeglasses?

Our optician in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach reviews the pros and cons of both types of vision correction.

Asking whether glasses or contact lenses are better is similar to asking what flavor is best – apple or orange? Some people like glasses, others prefer contact lenses, and many others who need vision correction keep both types around and choose their eyewear depending on their daily plans.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses alike can help resolve vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The eyewear that’s right for you will support your vision prescription, daily activities, personal preferences, and comfort with taking minor risks. At our optical stores in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, we offer a wide range of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Our optician will discuss your personal needs to help you make the right decision. At Advanced Eyecare Center, we aim to give everyone sharp, healthy vision, with no agenda other than to provide you with the best eyewear for your eyes and lifestyle.

All you need to know about eyeglasses

Pros:

  • Glasses involve a one-time investment and no longstanding expenses. Maintenance of eyeglasses is minimal and usually means just rinsing them regularly with glass cleaner. Unless your vision changes, it’s not typically necessary to replace the lenses.
  • The risk of eye infection is lower with glasses. As opposed to contact lenses that rest on the eye surface, glasses sit in front of the eye and don’t make contact with your eyeball.
  • Glasses with UV protection block harmful UV sun rays more efficiently than contact lenses with built-in UV protection, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Some people prefer the way they appear in eyeglasses, claiming they project a more intelligent, serious look.
  • Glasses frames come in a wide variety of designs, giving you the chance to make a fashion statement, as well as accessorize your outfit with your eyewear.

Cons:

  • Glasses don’t always suit an active lifestyle. It can get irritating to be constantly pushing your glasses up your sweaty nose.
  • When playing sports, glasses don’t provide full peripheral vision, and you need to turn your head to see what’s on your sides clearly.
  • Glasses don’t always match your outfit or coordinate with the statement you want to make with your appearance.

All you need to know about contact lenses

Pros:

  • Contact lenses are ideal for an active lifestyle, offering convenience, comfort, superior vision clarity, and a wider peripheral view than glasses.
  • Even when engaging in vigorous activity, contact lenses don’t fall, bounce or slip down your nose. Also, they don’t get in the way of wearing safety gear, such as helmets.
  • If you prefer the look of your bare, natural face, contacts don’t change your appearance.
  • Always dream of a different color eyes? Colored contact lenses can transform your look.
  • Driving can be easier with contact lenses, especially for people who drive for a living and rely heavily on peripheral vision.
  • If you have severe astigmatism, some types of contact lenses can reshape your eye surface to provide crisper vision than eyeglasses.
  • Contacts don’t fog up when you move between different weather conditions or environments.

Cons:

  • Contacts must be maintained and disinfected properly or you risk eye infections. Disposable daily contact lenses can eliminate this disadvantage, as long as you are vigilant about discarding your contacts at the end of each day.
  • If you do not have disposable contact lenses, you’ll need to buy a case and cleansing solutions.
  • The lifespan of contact lenses is generally shorter than that of eyeglasses, so you’ll need to buy replacement pairs more frequently.
  • Dry eye sufferers may find that contact lenses irritate their condition.

Eye exams and your eyewear

No matter what you choose, eyeglasses or contact lenses, remember that you need to visit your eye doctor for regular follow-up eye exams! Contact our optical store to book an appointment.

If you wear eyeglasses and find that the fit has changed, please visit our optician in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, so we can assess the fit and make any necessary adjustments to your frames.

At Advanced Eyecare Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 310-620-1345 or book an appointment online to see one of our Manhattan Beach eye doctors.

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Don’t Do These 11 Things If You Wear Daily Disposable Contacts!

Countless people around the world wear daily disposable contact lenses or dailies. These popular single-use lenses are removed and discarded at the end of each day, and a new, fresh pair is inserted the next morning. Used properly, dailies promote eye health, and they’re comfortable and convenient.

Despite the many advantages associated with wearing daily disposables, there are plenty of ways you can damage your eyes and vision — some you may never have considered.

1. Don’t Touch Contacts with Dirty Hands

Before touching your lenses, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. By touching your contact lenses with dirty hands, you transfer bacteria to your lenses, which can lead to an infection. Preferably dry your hands with a disposable paper towel rather than a cloth towel, and ensure that no remnants of the towel remain on your fingers.

2. Don’t Expose Your Contacts to Water

Any source of water, whether tap, pool, or lake water, can change the shape of your lenses and cause micro-abrasions on your cornea. Plus, the water may contain bacteria that can wreak havoc on your eye health and cause you to experience temporary vision loss or even permanent blindness.

If you must get in the water with your contacts on, make sure to wear waterproof goggles. If you do get water on your contact lenses, dispose of these lenses and insert a new pair. Exposing contact lenses to chemicals like chlorine binds to the lens and cannot be cleaned off. It then leeches onto the cornea and causes irritation.

The next time you’re tempted to swim or shower with your lenses on, think twice before doing so.

3. Don’t Reuse Your Contacts

Daily disposable contacts are designed to be thrown away after every single use, and people who reuse them risk painful and risky outcomes. Dailies are thinner, more fragile, and don’t hold moisture as well as other contacts.

Users sometimes attempt to increase the lifespan of these lenses by cleaning them in a disinfecting solution and wearing them for several days or even weeks at a time. This is problematic, as the lens material doesn’t allow for repeated disinfecting. In fact, the process of cleaning the lenses tends to be not only ineffective but also breaks down the lens itself, increasing the risk of the lens falling apart while in the eye. The risk of complications and infection is not worth the few saved bucks.

4. Don’t Insert a Dropped Contact In Your Eye

One of the perks of daily lenses is that they are less expensive (per lens) than other types of contacts. So if you find yourself dropping a lens into the sink or on the floor, don’t bother placing it back in your eye. Doing so can cost you your eye health.

5. Don’t Ever Put Contacts In Your Mouth

It seems like a funny concept, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t believe the number of people who do this. If you drop a contact lens, avoid rooting around the floor trying to find it, and if you do, definitely don’t put it in your mouth to lubricate it. Your mouth contains bacteria that can infect your eyes once you reinsert your contacts.

Play it safe by carrying around an emergency pair of glasses or an extra pair of daily disposable contacts in your bag, your car, or at work.

6. Don’t Overwear Your Daily Lenses

Wearing your lenses for long periods of time can damage your eyes, even if they’re daily contacts. The maximum recommended daily use for any contact lens is 14-16 hours, though Dr. Hansen will determine the exact number of hours you should wear your lenses. Your eyes, just like any other part of your body, need to rest. Your corneas receive oxygen from the air, not from blood vessels, and while it’s healthy to wear contacts during the day, wearing them for extended periods can significantly reduce the amount of oxygen your eyes receive, which can lead to complications. If you don’t give your eyes the rest they need, your corneas might get swollen, which can lead to corneal abrasion and even bacterial infection.

7. Don’t Sleep With Your Lenses

Daily lenses should never be worn overnight. You’re risking your sight by sleeping in a lens that’s not approved for overnight use, as it can lead to ocular irritation, swelling and corneal ulcers.

8. Don’t Insert Contacts Before Completing Your Morning Routine

Avoid inserting your contacts before you shower or wash your face, since you risk exposing your lenses to tap water and the bacteria that come with it. We also recommend that you insert your lenses after blow-drying and styling your hair, especially if you’re using hairspray or other aerosols, as these products can dry out your contacts. Additionally, the spray can coat the lenses and leave a film that not only irritates the eyes, but can make it difficult to see. If you’re at the hairdresser’s and cannot remove your lenses, shut your eyes when spray is applied.

9. Don’t Get Makeup On Your Contacts

Insert your contacts before applying makeup, because any makeup residue on your hands, such as mascara, can easily transfer to your lenses.

It’s not uncommon for people to get concealer, eyeliner or mascara on their contact lenses. If that happens, immediately remove the lens and clean the makeup with solution (while making sure to dispose of the lens before bed). Otherwise, simply replace with another lens. Avoid wearing waterproof makeup, since it can’t always be removed from your lenses, even when rinsed with solution.

To prevent makeup from getting on your lenses, don’t apply mascara all the way from the base of your lashes up. Instead, apply it from the midway point. It’s also important not to apply eyeliner on the inner lid of your eye, but rather to the skin above your lashes.

10. Don’t Wear Contact Lenses If Your Eyes Are Irritated

As the saying goes, “if in doubt – take them out!” If your eyes feel irritated, uncomfortable, or if you notice any pain or redness, don’t power through. If your symptoms last a while, contact Dr. Hansen at Advanced Eyecare Center. You don’t want to let a serious infection go unchecked.

When your eyes feel more rested and are free of discomfort, put in a fresh pair of contacts.

11. Don’t Rub Your Eyes

If your eyes feel itchy or dry, or if a lens feels out of place, you may be tempted to rub your eyes. But rubbing, whether with contacts or without, can lead to long-term ocular issues. This may cause you to experience blurred vision, and may even damage your cornea. Instead, Dr. Hansen can recommend eye drops to relieve any discomfort. Make sure to apply them only when contact lenses are removed.

Above, we have delved into things you should never do with daily contact lenses. Fortunately, if you do make a mistake, you can remove the lens and replace it with a fresh one. The few dollars you might save by not opening a new pack aren’t worth the damage a mistake can cause.

 

If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about contact lenses, contact Advanced Eyecare Center in Manhattan Beach today. Dr. Hansen will be happy to explain how to care for your eyes and maintain your vision.

Sleeping in Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are fantastic little discs – giving you clear, comfy, and wide vision instead of bulky eyeglasses. However, most people forget that contact lenses are also medical devices, which means they come with a degree of risk to your visual health when not used properly. When we fit patients with contact lenses in our eye care centers in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, , and , California, our staff provides detailed care instructions on how to keep eyes and vision safe! It’s essential to listen to the guidelines for contact lenses provided by your eye doctor.

High Risk of Infection

Sleeping in your contact lenses raises your risk of eye infection considerably. Think about it, during the day, dust and other pollutants get into your eyes and under your contacts. When you sleep, you shut your eyelids over all of this debris (holding it close to your eyes), and less oxygen reaches your eye surface. Altogether, this creates an ideal environment for bacterial and viral infections to grow.

  • Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is one of the most common eye infections. It involves a swelling of the conjunctiva that covers the white of your eye and lines your eyelid. Pink eye is usually itchy and uncomfortable, and often causes oozing discharge and bloodshot eyes.

  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is another type of eye infection that’s often associated with dozing in your contacts. In this condition, painful bumps emerge on the inner surface of your eyelid.

  • Keratitis is the most serious, potentially sight-threatening form of eye infection that you’re risking. Caused by bacteria, amoebae, or fungi, keratitis affects the cornea, causing intense pain and light sensitivity – and also possibly damaging your vision permanently, because corneal ulcers can form. It’s typical for the symptoms to appear suddenly as you sleep. According to the Center for Contact Lens Research (CCLR), sleeping in your contacts poses a 10x greater risk of keratitis!

Dried Out Contact Lenses

If you’ve ever fallen asleep while wearing contact lenses, you’re probably familiar with the feeling of dried out lenses stuck on your eyeballs. It can take multiple applications of lubricating eye drops until they’re moist enough to remove from your eyes. While they’re stuck, blinking can be painful and vision is typically blurred. Also, dried out contact lenses can cause abrasions on the lining of your eyelid that hurt.

Eyes Need to Breathe

Even if you don’t get a full-fledged eye infection from sleeping with contacts, you can still irritate your cornea, the surface of your eye. That’s because even oxygen-permeable lenses block your eyes from “breathing” normally.

Prevent the Pain – Don’t Sleep in Your Contacts!

Even if you’ve done it before and had no problems, that doesn’t mean sleeping with contact lenses is safe. It just means you’re gambling with the odds of eye infection and damage to your vision – which is a risky game!

If you experience any eye irritation, inflammation, redness, or blurry vision with contact lenses, schedule an eye exam in one of our conveniently located optometry practices in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, , and , California.

 

At Advanced Eyecare Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 310-620-1345 or book an appointment online to see one of our Manhattan Beach eye doctors.

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Good Eye Care Habits & Hygiene

By practicing good eye care habits and hygiene, you can prevent many vision problems from occurring. Eye problems and the risks associated with vision loss only grow as you age. By neglecting eye care, you place yourself at a higher risk of suffering from cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and low vision.

So make sure you maintain great eye health by following these 12 tips for optimal eye health.

1. Avoid rubbing your eyes

Itchy eyes can be a hallmark symptom of allergies, and though rubbing may bring temporary relief, it ultimately increases swelling and worsens the itch. If you wear contact lenses, rubbing your eyes can also dislodge or even break a lens, causing the lens to get lost or scratch the cornea. Plus, eye rubbing can lead to eye infections, since our hands are typically covered with a host of germs.

2. Regularly wash your hands

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is often caused by germs and bacteria carried to your eyes by unclean hands. Frequently washing your hands with soap and warm water helps keep bacteria away and prevents eye contamination. Prior to inserting or removing contact lenses, make sure to wash your hands with mild soap and dry them using a lint-free towel.

3. Beware of UV rays

By exposing yourself to sunlight and UV rays, you increase the risk of developing macular degeneration and corneal sunburn. Beyond just adding some style and zest to your look, sunglasses should protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays. Speak to your optometrist about the different options available for people who wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses too, to keep your eyes safe in the sun.

4. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is crucial for your body’s overall health and wellbeing — and that includes your eyes. Among other complications, if you don’t have enough fluid in your body, it impacts tear production and can cause dry eyes and irritation. Drink up!

5. Don’t smoke cigarettes

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Smokers are more prone to developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye conditions. Cigarette smoking can also destroy optic nerves, which can adversely affect your vision over time. So think twice before you light up, and speak to your doctor about getting help to quit.

6. Eat a healthy diet

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to ensure that your diet is rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamins A and C. These can be found in leafy greens (your mom was right about spinach!), orange vegetables (think, carrots and sweet potato) and citrus fruit. Furthermore, fatty fish like salmon contain essential omega-3 fatty acids which also promote excellent eye health.

7. Keep a healthy distance from screens

Nip digital eye strain in the bud by positioning your computer monitor about an arm’s length away from the eyes and 20 degrees below eye level. Ideally, work in a room with enough diffused lighting to reduce stress on your eyes from the computer light.

8. Remember the 20-20-20 rule

Speaking of computers, have you heard of the 20-20-20 rule? When using digital devices, rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet away for 20 continuous seconds.

Once you’re at it, blink 20 times in succession to prevent dry eyes, and make it a habit to rise from your seat and take 20 steps to promote good posture and blood circulation, which helps your vision too.

9. Be careful with eye make-up

Make sure that your eye shadow, mascara, and eyeliner don’t cause your eyes an allergic reaction. Get in the habit of removing your make-up before going to sleep in order to avoid bacterial build-up from residual make-up left in the eye area. And, from time to time, clean your make-up brushes, especially those used to apply cosmetics around the eye area.

10. Sleep is golden

Just as with the rest of your body, your eyes need a break. So make sure that you get sufficient shut-eye (8 hours) each night to keep your eyes revitalized and healthy.

11. Wear protective eyewear

Whatever you do, make sure your eyes are well-protected. If you’re swimming, wear goggles to prevent chlorine from entering your eyes. If you’re gardening or engaged in a DIY project at home, wear safety glasses to keep dust particles and bacteria at bay and prevent eye injuries. Ask your local eye doctor about protective eyewear for sports and other activities.

12. Regularly visit your eye doctor

Don’t underestimate the importance of getting a routine eye exam, whether you need an updated prescription or not. Even if you can see well today, a comprehensive eye exam can pick up early signs of eye diseases and conditions before symptoms become noticeable, such as glaucoma, diabetes, retinal holes which could lead to retinal detachment, and cancers like melanoma. Early detection and management can prevent further complications and serious vision loss down the line.

Only an eye doctor has the required knowledge, experience, tools and techniques to determine whether you have these or other eye conditions.

It is recommended that everyone gets a comprehensive eye exam once a year (or at least every two years). Children, whose eyes are rapidly developing, and people at higher risk for developing eye problems such as diabetics and older people, need to undergo eye exams even more frequently: at the minimum, yearly.

During the evaluation, the eye doctor will check for things like:

  • Farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and/or presbyopia
  • Eye coordination
  • Optic nerve and eye pressure tests to spot glaucoma

It’s also important to be on the look-out for any changes in your vision. If you experience hazy or double vision, worsening eyesight, red eyes, eye pain, swelling or floaters, contact Dr. Hansen.

Incorporate these tips and habits into your lifestyle to maintain healthy eyes and a high quality of life. Advanced Eyecare Center offers comprehensive eye exams in Manhattan Beach, California, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about ways to maintain healthy vision.

Visiting Your Optometrist During COVID-19

Is your eye doctor’s appointment coming up? Are you worried about going to the eye clinic during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Rest assured, keeping our patients and staff are safe is our top priority.

We anticipate that this outbreak will continue for a while, and do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs during this critical time. Our optometric clinic is prudent and has adopted specific measures to protect our patients and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19 during this time of uncertainty.

That said, guidelines for slowing the spread of this epidemic are rapidly changing. Please pay close to attention to local regulatory changes to get the most up-to-date information on whether practices can still remain open/ accept non-emergency cases.

Here Are the Precautions Our Eye Clinic Is Taking to Limit COVID-19:

We employ a strict office policy that mandates that all eye doctors, opticians, office staff, and patients not enter if they are feeling unwell or have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19 or traveled outside of the country within the last 14 days.

The staff may ask you to wait outside rather than in the waiting area in order to protect yourself and others from any circulating germs. Furthermore, we are trying to schedule our appointments in such a way that our waiting room remains as empty as possible.

During your eye exam:

  • The eye doctor may use a special plastic barrier called a slit-lamp breath shield to block the exchange of breath between patient and doctor.
  • The optometrist may wear a mask with a plastic shield over the eyes.
  • The practitioner will wait for your slit-lamp eye exam to be over before speaking with you or answering any questions you may have.
  • We sanitize all equipment and patient contact surfaces after every use and at the end of the day.
  • We sanitize all surfaces and equipment (front desk counters, telephones, pens, door handles, waiting room chairs) with antibacterial wipes.
  • All staff members wash their hands after contact with each patient and throughout the day.
  • Our office is equipped with several sanitizing stations.
  • We request that patients sanitize their hands prior to and after trying on frames. We also make sure to clean frames that have come into contact with patients with soap and hot water.
  • If we don’t shake hands with our patients during this time, please don’t take it personally.

Please call Advanced Eyecare Center at 310-620-1345 with any questions or concerns you may have. If you feel it’s best for you or a member of your family to reschedule your appointment, we encourage you to do so.

To stay abreast of the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the following official health organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at www.CDC.gov
  • World Health Organization (WHO) at www.WHO.int

Thank you and stay safe!

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